EU Leaders’ Jobs Promise: The more they talk, the less they do
Was it the fact that both the IMF and the World Bank warned that the eurozone’s economic mismanagement could trigger another global recession? Or that the world’s economic and political elite was dismayed by Angela Merkel’s business-as-usual speech in Davos? Or perhaps because the EU was due to announce that […]
Merkel vs. Schulz: Is the Lady for Turning?
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, attempts to speak at the Brussels Think Tank Forum. The microphone fails, he is unfazed. “This must be Angela Merkel,” he jokes, she wouldn’t want his message to get out. You have probably never heard of Mr Schulz. That’s too bad because […]
A Blessing in Disguise: How resource poverty has prepared Europe for peak oil
If an over-endowment in resources can be a curse, the example of Europe also shows that their absence can also present certain benefits.
Thoughts from Kiel: What Commie protestors and highbrow think tanks have in common
What does it take to get someone to attack an academic building? Apparently the answer is “organize a high-level conference”.
Energy policy: Politics vs. Physics
The panel discussion “rethinking energy policy” featured representatives of the major energy industries, including oil, gas, wind and solar. Naturally, each one tended to defend the virtues of his particular sector, but the debate was cordial and there was a general recognition of the need for each industry in a […]